Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm and Kill Animals

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Feb 28, 2013 - Law - 306 pages
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Why do people harm, injure, torture and kill animals? This book evaluates the reasons why these crimes are committed and outlines the characteristics of the animal offender. It considers ethical and value judgements made about animals and the tacit acknowledgement and justification of unacceptable criminal behaviour towards the harming of animals made by offenders. Situating animal abuse, wildlife crime, illegal wildlife trading and other unlawful activities directed at animals firmly within Green Criminology, the book contends that this is a distinct, multi-dimensional type of criminality which persists despite the introduction of relevant legislation. Taking a broad approach, the book considers the killing and harming of animals in an international context and examines the effectiveness of current legislation, policy and sentencing.

Including a section on further reading and useful organizations, this book is a valuable exploration into perspectives on the responsibility owed by man to animals as part of broader ecological and legal concerns. It will interest criminologists, ecologists, animal protectionists and those interested in law and society and law and the environment.


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Angus Nurse is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex Univeristy's School of Law. He was formerly Visiting Lecturer in Criminal Investigation at Birmingham City University and Associate Lecturer (Social Sciences and Law) at The Open University. He has previously worked as Investigations Co-ordinator for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the RSPB's Legal & Data Protection Officer. He has also been employed as an Investigator for the Commission for Local Administration (the Local Government Ombudsman). His research interests are in the areas of wildlife and environmental crime and the law protecting animals and wildlife, judicial review, alternative dispute resolution, and corporate environmental responsibility. He has published widely on these and related areas.

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